Hello my lovelies! I’ve previously done a few posts on DIYs, my experiences and tips. Today’s post is a little different because I’ll be telling you a few things that you should never do.
A little note before I start off; I am obsessed with having healthy skin and hair, I try so many new things to keep them well maintained, and so do many, many people. I personally don’t have any major skin or hair problems but I know people who are very close to me who do. I see them struggle with it everyday, it makes them insecure and they try so many different things to cover it up or heal it. I always pass on any vital information, research or product that I find to them and because I want every one of you to have great skin, hair and make up too, I want to share it with you guys as well.
So, starting off with number 1.
USING TRADITIONAL OILS AS HEAT PROTECTANT
With oils taking the internet by storm, they have been in vogue like no other time! People put oil on their hair, their skin, mix it with makeup for a dewy look and you name what ever! But I recently saw on a lot of Youtube channels that girls were using it before ironing their hair! It was so painful to see fumes rising from their hair and they thought it was okay! Now, when faint fumes rise from your hair after using heat protectant, it is because the liquid layer protecting your hair is getting evaporated whilst covering your hair and saving it from damage. But when there is fume from oil, it just means the heat has gone past its smoking point! It is literally FRYING your hair! Please do not ever do it! Invest some money in a good heat protectant or just leave your hair be! Nothing is worth frying your hair for!
GIVING THE “ONE TIME” EXCUSE
This is regarding heat protection, AGAIN! I love my hair and I would love for all of you readers to always have a full, healthy head of hair! Don’t ever skip heat protection by saying ,”Oh it is only this one time!” Damage only needs ONE TIME! If you just cannot find any heat protectant because you are travelling, just braid your hair or use a good quality serum if you have any. Now, I am saying if it is very, very necessary that you put heat in your hair, a serum does not have the necessary ingredients to protect your hair and I would normally never recommend it. Just if it is absolutely necessary and you have no choice. Honestly, you always have choice. There are numerous tutorials on beautiful updos and braids all over Pinterest and Youtube. Learn a few tricks and roll it up your sleeves for an emergency!
PERMANENT STRAIGHTENING AT HOME
Not a lot of people who would dare do this but for some of you whose mind has been crossed by this thought. Drop it. Right now. You are not eligible for permanently straightening your hair at home if you are not qualified! Trained professionals at salons know the exact concentration and concoction of products to put in your hair. These treatments require high heat, of about 450 degrees and above which your flat iron does not have. This causes the hair to not be poker straight at one or two swipes and you have to go over and over again causing much more damage and sore arms. Also, coloured hair gets porous and it needs better handling and have different needs than normal hair for permanent straightening. Please, visit a salon and get a consultation.
RELYING ON HOME REMEDIES
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for natural methods to take care of hair and skin but sometimes, it is not enough! Home remedies are easy and non expensive, hey you get all the ingredients from your kitchen! Adding to that they are all natural. However, home remedies are not the answer a lot of times because there are others factors like medical conditions, hereditary and changing hormones. If you are having sever hair loss or sudden, cystic acne, please consult a doctor and have all your tests done first. How much ever websites or youtube videos tell you, some conditions cannot be treated by yourself, you need a doctor!
SHUNNING ALL PRODUCTS
How many of us are guilty of this? I am! I once got a bout of pimples and didn’t know what to do! I just somehow thought that not using anything on my face was going to “naturally” make them go away. It didn’t! My face got severely oily with weird dry patches. I had to work months to get it back to normal later.
If you start to break out, check what changes you have recently made in your skincare routine and if your makeup has any comedones that clog your pores. Use you most trusted products that have never failed you and are suitable for your skin type.
PURCHASING PRODUCTS SOLELY ON ADVICE
A lot of bloggers and vloggers including me recommend products that we use on ourselves and they’re fit for our skin and hair. I’ve seen a lot of people just go all out and buy it straight away expecting to get hair or skin like that particular person. If you have dry, damaged hair, you cannot make it look like anyone else’s hair by simply using the products that they use because you might have a different scalp and texture. Please read some more to explore how the products work, what skin or hair type it is ideal for. You have to do a little bit of research for yourself.
Similarly with troubled, acne prone skin. People are willing to try anything and everything to get smooth skin and for that they purchase WAY too many products. There are layers to the problem of skin. You might have acne because of dry, irritated skin which would mean benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid alone may aggravate the problem further. You need to understand your own skin and hair and decide on a routine based on it.
“BUYING” INTO TRENDS
This mainly consitutes makeup. We’re all just learning to contour and BAM! Contouring is out and strobing is in! What? I barely learned this! It is unalterable that makeup keeps changing according to seasons and gets inspired by runways and celebrities. But you don’t always have to do it to yourself. Now, hear me out, I’m not against new makeup tends. If anything, they make me happy. But some things just aren’t for you. Like say, for instance, strobing. It is mainly highlighting the high points of your face to give you more glowy appearance but it might also enlarge pores and highlight blemishes on oily, acne prone skin.
Personally, the dewy look is THE biggest disaster to happen to me. I saw it on Youtube where all these girls would try to make their skin more dewy and glowy which they did by mixing moisturiser with their foundation or BB creams and they looked divine. The only thing that didn’t cross my mind – I really don’t understand how- was that they lived in colder countries where the sun came out very rarely. And I, living in a hot, moody climate, could not carry off that look. Took me a while to realise but now I stick to my mattes!
I am not discouraging you to try anything new, but just do it once and decide for yourself if it is suiting your skin throughout the day. Is it making you overly shiny, “disco ball” looking? Or making you break out because of all the emolients mixed with sebum and sweat? Sounds gross but you have to ask yourself that so you look fabulous all the time!
Until next time, lovelies, stay beautiful!